Old Testament: 2Chronicles 21: 1 – 23: 21
2 Chronicles 21:1-23:21 No Guts, No Glory
Here are the parallels in Kings to our section for today:
1 Kings 22:50 2 Chron. 21:1
2 Kings 8: 16-22; 23-24a 2 Chron. 21:2-10; 18-20
2 Kings 8: 24b-29 2 Chron. 22:1-6
2 Kings 9:14-29 2 Chron. 22:7, 9
2 Kings 10:12-14 2 Chron. 22:8
2 Kings 11:1-20 2 Chron. 22:10-23: 21
2 Chronicles 21:11-17 is unique.
I have written on evil kings Jehoram, Ahaziah and evil queen, Athaliah here:
Jehoram, Jehosphat’s son, took over after Jehosophat died. He was a dork. But remember he had help. He married the daughter of one of the worst scoundrels who ever lived, Ahab. He wiped out his competition. He killed all his brothers and some of the rulers of Israel, too (v. 4). God would have destroyed Judah but had made a promise to David. Elijah predicted that Jehoram’s bowels would come out because he was such a bad king. And guess what? Jerhoram died because his bowels came out. Ew. In the meantime, the Ethiopians and some Arabs came and took away everything Jerhoram owned. He only had one son so he took over, Jehoahaz.
Jehoahaz is also known as Ahaziah. He was also a dork. He did everything his evil mama told him to do. When he died, there were no fires lit for him. He received no glory (2 Chron. 21:19).
Notice the line of David was almost broken by evil Queen Athaliah when she had all her grandchildren killed. (What kind of grandmother has her grandchildren killed?) But in chapter 22:11 Jehoshabeath, the king’s daughter, stole away one of the heirs of the throne, Joash, and hid him. This was not the only time Satan has tried to foil God’s plan to put an heir of David on the throne. He tried to exterminate all the male babies in Egypt, he tried to have all Jews exterminated in the time of Haman, and he tried to wipe out Jesus by having all the Jewish male babies killed under Herod. Of course, Jesus will be on the throne of David during the Millennium as well through all the rest of time after that.
I have already written on Jehoahaz (Ahaziah), evil Queen Athaliah, Joash (aka Jehoash) with his regent priest Jehoiada in previous blogs.
New Testament: Romans 11:13-36
Romans 11:13-36 Olive Them Saved
This passage is a big deal. It is a very big deal. Why? It explains something very crucial that we need to understand in our time.
God has put His plan for Israel on pause so that He can bring in the “fullness of the Gentiles” (v. 25). Paul has tried to figure out what God is doing. In Acts 15, the church held a council to figure out what to do about Gentiles that had experienced the Holy Spirit and come to belief in Jesus Christ. It was decided that the Gentile believers should be respected as Christians the same as the Jewish believers. The Gentile believers, it was decided, should not have to follow the Jewish laws. Later, in AD 70, the Romans destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem and there was no question but that the time of following Jewish system was over.
But what about God’s program for the Jews? Daniel 9:24-27 gives the entire time map for the Jews but here Paul explains what has happened theologically with the Jews. Some had been “broken off” like branches (v. 17, 19). But then the Gentiles, like “wild” branches will be grafted into the original tree. This is a picture of the church as shown in the chart below.
However, a time will come when there will be a future for Israel and the promises made to Abraham and Israel will be fulfilled. Warren Wiersbe says this about v. 26, “All Israel shall be saved” does not mean that every Jew who has ever lived will be converted, but that the Jews living when the Redeemer returns will see Him, receive Him, and be saved. Zechariah 12—13 give the details. It seems to me that there are too many details in these Old Testament prophecies of national restoration for Israel for us to spiritualize them and apply them to the church today.”
McGee says, “When Paul says, ‘all Israel shall be saved,’ he does not mean every individual Israelite will be saved. It is the nation he has before us in this chapter. In every age, only a remnant is saved. The quotation Paul uses is from Isaiah 59: 20 in the Old Testament . . . There will be a remnant that will turn to Him. All of them will be saved. He speaks of the saved remnant as the nation Israel.”
This gap in the plan for Israel will last till God has brought in all the Gentiles. Paul calls this the “fullness of the Gentiles” (v. 25). Once the last Gentile has been brought to faith, the Church will be extricated from the earth for seven years until Christ’s reign on earth begins.
When Paul contemplates the plan of God, the bringing together of the Jews and Gentiles, and the future of Israel, he can’t help but break out into praise to God (v. 33-36).